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Four Seasons Finds Wellness the Pura Vida Way

Sep 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

If the journey to living the good life is paved with wellness, the Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo will put you on the right path. Their goal is to infuse health and wellness principles and practices into every aspect of the guest experience. Costa Rica has long established a focus on biodiversity and eco-sustainability throughout the country. 

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Grand Velas Gives All-Inclusive the 5-Star Treatment

Sep 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Before you even reach the lobby of Grand Velas Riviera Maya, you are met by large, striking white walls on either side of a check-in booth. Fronted by a sparkling pond, the entrance is stunning and a good indication of the level of luxury you can expect behind its walls. As you make your way to your designated lobby—the property is separated into three distinct areas—you pass by lush manicured grounds on a palm-tree-lined street.

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Elephants, Glamping and Al Fresco Spa Treatments in Thailand

Sep 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

Mena, a 35-year-old Indian elephant that was rescued from a Thai logging camp 10 years ago, was my ride for the afternoon. We waded into the Ruak River as my mahout (elephant trainer) barked his orders for her to turn, stop and sit down. The water was cold but we couldn’t care less, as we were having the most memorable experiences of our lives riding these amazing animals.This excursion is only part of what makes a stay at the Four Seasons Golden Triangle so great.

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The Emirates Palace: Abu Dhabi’s Icon of Opulence

Sep 20, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

The Emirates Palace is among the most expensive hotels in the world with a price tag of over $4.25 billion. Opened in 2005, it took 20,000 artisans three years to complete the project which is owned by the Abu Dhabi government (Royal Family) and managed by the Kempinski hotel chain. It was destined to become one of the world’s best hotels. Paris has the Ritz, New York has the Plaza and the Middle East has the Emirates Palace.

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Oman's Al Bustan Palace is Charmingly Traditional & Tastefully Opulent

Sep 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

Cradled between the majestic Al Hajar Mountains and the blue waters of the Sea of Oman, Al Bustan Palace in Muscat, Oman is regarded as one of the top five-star hotels in the world. Even from afar, the property is impressive with its ornate exterior of Arabic geometric patterns. The property was originally developed by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos in order to accommodate visiting heads of state. It was subsequently renovated and then managed by the Ritz-Carlton.

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The Ritz-Carlton Celebrates 25 Years With $25K Fashion Package

Sep 12, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Set in a Neo-classical style landmark building in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood, The Ritz-Carlton has been a staple in the city for 25 years now. To celebrate its anniversary, the five-star hotel is offering a new $25,000 Ultimate Fashion Package.  

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6 Hotels For Any Type of Family Getaway

Sep 12, 2016  |   Contributor: Kavita Daswani

More often than not, the notion of a family reunion trip is more appealing than the reality of it. Finding a place that appeals to everyone, is relatively easy to get to, and a destination that offers something for everyone in the group from toddlers to grandparents? It can be tiresome to plan. Throw in being able to enjoy that in a luxurious and sophisticated ambience only adds to the challenge. 

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Dying Here Will Grant You Eternal Life

Sep 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s been said that if you die in Varanasi you will attain salvation, no matter how you lived your earthly life. This holy land is considered one of the most sacred in the world and is regarded as one of Hinduism’s seven holy cities. It’s regularly visited by religious pilgrims year-after-year to wash away a lifetime of sins in the sacred waters of the Ganges River or to cremate their loved ones. Situated on the southeastern Uttar Pradesh state in northern India, it is also one of the globe’s oldest continuously inhabited cities.

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September Simmers In Ibiza

Sep 2, 2016  |   Contributor: Carin von Berg

Boasting balmy temperatures well into September and easily accessible by air from most points in Europe, Ibiza is the perfect destination for the seasoned island hopper looking to add a few more beach days to their travel calendar. As summer winds down in the Mediterranean, so do peak crowds, making September an ideal time to enjoy the beauty and calm of this island paradise known as Ibiza.

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5 Reasons Why 50-Year-Old Caesars Palace Will Never Go Out of Style

Aug 30, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Caesars Palace is one of the most recognizable names on the Las Vegas Strip, not only because of its longtime residence in Sin City but also due to its slew of regular celebrity clientele; its 75,000-square-foot, multilevel behemoth of a nightclub; and what feels like miles upon miles of luxury shops and fine dining options. And even if you’ve never stayed in the five-star hotel, you’d have to be living under a rock to not read its name in headlines each year.

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Dubai Brings the Rainforest to the Desert

Aug 26, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It seems that Dubai will stop at nothing to have the biggest, best, most over-the-top theme parks, hotels, restaurants, basically everything. When it comes to pulling out all the stops, the city knows how to top itself each year. Set to debut in 2018, one of its newest projects is a 75,000-square-foot, man-made rainforest at the $550-million Rosemont Hotel and Residences.

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Lake Como's Most-Anticipated Hotel Opens With Interiors by Patricia Urquiola

Aug 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Possibly one of the most buzzed about openings of 2016, Il Sereno Lago di Como has finally welcomed its first guests this month. The design hotel comes from the same owners as the Sereno in Saint Barthélemy and was designed by Milan-based designer Patricia Urquiola, known as one of the best in the industry. Her products include collections for brands such as Louis Vuitton, Baccarat, B&B Italia, BMW and Moroso.

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7 of the Most Amazing Presidential Suites

Aug 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In only three short months, Americans will choose a new President to lead our country. While we wait to see who will sit in the Oval Office, we couldn’t help but think about some of our most favorite presidential suites around the world. From Paris to Tokyo, Mumbai and everything in between, here are seven extravagant retreats worthy of being named after our Commander-in-Chief.

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Cabo's Newest Beachfront Community Includes Golf Course & Pedestrian Village

Aug 23, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In the past couple of years, Cabo San Lucas has transformed itself into a playground for affluent jetsetters. As the city continues to see growth in the form of luxury hotels and upscale restaurants, it would seem that now is a great time to purchase a second home in the area. Come 2017, the Solmar Group will open a new 834-acre residential community alongside its five-property portfolio.

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The 2 Resorts You Shouldn't Miss in the Dominican Republic

Aug 23, 2016  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

More than five million tourists flock to the Dominican Republic’s serene beaches, lush jungles, and pristine golf courses each year. Since 2014, the island destination has seen a 12 percent increase in visitors. The laid-back country is only a two-hour flight from Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, and Cuba, making it an easy stop on a Caribbean tour. I recently hopped over to the Dominican Republic to enjoy two of the nation’s most exquisite resorts.

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